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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Uptown Theater on 1981-02-28 (February 28, 1981)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: February 28, 1981 (check for other copies)
Venue: Uptown Theater
Location: Chicago, IL

Lineage: Matrix of SBD(4668) and AUD(20345)
Transferred by: Chris Chappell
Keywords: Live Concert; matrix; Chris Chappell; Sick Bits


Set 1:
d1t01 - Jack Straw
d1t02 - They Love Each Other
d1t03 - Mama Tried ->
d1t04 - Mexicali Blues
d1t05 - Candyman ->
d1t06 - Little Red Rooster
d1t07 - Big RxR Blues
d1t08 - Looks Like Rain
d1t09 - Althea
d1t10 - Let it Grow ->
d1t11 - Deal

Set 2:
d2t01 - Crowd/tuning
d2t02 - Cold Rain & Snow ->
d2t03 - Greatest Story
d2t04 - Ship of Fools
d2t05 - Lost Sailor ->
d2t06 - Saint of Circumstance ->
d3t07 - Terrapin Station ->
d3t08 - Jam ->
d3t09 - Drums ->
d3t01 - Space ->
d3t02 - Other One ->
d3t03 - Stella Blue ->
d3t04 - Around & Around ->
d3t05 - Good Lovin


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Reviewer: secret8476 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - February 28, 2012
Subject: more stars indeed
I don't know what show cHE13 was listening to when he posted his review but it is as accurate as it is descriptive. This is a fantastic 81 show (lord knows there aren't many) and there are a lot of great nuggets to be heard. And while 66Bon gave this a pretty good review, only 3 stars?

The sound here is fantastic. At first I thought the vocals were a bit up front and Phil's bass barely audible. That opinion quickly changed once i got to the jam in Jack Straw. The Althea as someone else mentioned is slow, wonderful and deliberate - the way you would want to hear that song. Ship of fools matches the same clarity and feels just as complete. And strong too- not like later versions.

Over all - i feel it has a great set list, excellent sound, few flubs and is an over all enjoyable show to take in that rates at least a solid 3 1/2 - 4 star show - and since there are no half stars, im goin with 4.

Reviewer: Forever_Grateful - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 28, 2011
Subject: Great show!
Lovin the candyman and althea

Reviewer: WizardofZaaa - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - August 20, 2010
Subject: Focus is on the sound here
At this point in my life I am judging these shows not based upon emotional attachment of being there, does it have a darkstar in the setlist, or the fact it does or does not fall into a particular year. Focus now is simply does the show sound good (volume, mix, background noise, Jerry's voice, playing, and transitional elements).

For this one the playing is good enough if not great and the sound is the best of anything posted for 1981 (or it could be my new Bose Headphones here).

Great Matrix and Great Job - Your Ratings Should Be Much Higher For This One...

Reviewer: deadpolitics - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - September 26, 2009
Subject: from the northwest corner of a brand new crescent moon
WOW, this is one of the best renditions of Terrapin I have ever heard! Seriously! Just got this whole run and though there are sloppy moments, when they are on they are ON.

Check out the second set from this show! And the second set from the 26th as well, with the extended jam out of He's Gone!

p.s. love these matrix recordings

Reviewer: cHE13 - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - February 11, 2009
Subject: mexicali blues is missing
Mexicali is actually candyman and all the songs are off from there. heinous. Sounds great though

Reviewer: 66 Bonneville - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - June 12, 2008
Subject: Uptown shows smoke
If you have not listened to all of the '80 & '81 Uptowns, you are in for a treat. They all have a very nice flavor to them. Across the years the shows at this venue seem to take on a unique tone. The Aud. tapes of these shows were always some of my favorites. Wish I had gotten to a show there to experience the acoustics.

This show is a perfect example. Even though some of the versions are not the ultimate, the whole show really rolls into One & melts into a dream.